Letters from the Deans
Message from Dean Daniel J. Howard
Spring Semester 2012
I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday season and found the time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with friends and family.
The spring semester is now into its second week and some familiar trends persist. The college continues to grow, although at a slower pace than over the course of the past several years. Students continue to flock to courses in biology, chemistry, math, and public health, but other areas are experiencing significant growth as well, including communication, French, German, and physics. Students are attracted to the college for many reasons, not the least of which is a faculty and staff that are perceived to be enthusiastic, caring, and concerned with student success. Thank you for all your good work.
One new twist this semester is the large number of faculty searches underway in the college. There are few decisions that have more impact on the future of an institution of higher education than those associated with recruiting new faculty members. I encourage all of you to take an active role in the search process, if your department is hiring.
Although the holidays are behind us, the Giving Back Campaign continues until the end of February. If you have not yet donated half a day of work to your favorite charity or non-profit organization, please consider doing so. I especially encourage you to consider donating time to Goodwill Industries of Denver, which is our special partner in the Giving Back Campaign this year. Goodwill Industries of Denver is much more than thrift stores; it is heavily involved with youth and adult career development as well as community employment and day programs. You should be able to find a volunteer activity within the organization that is consistent with your interests and skills.
Have a good semester,
Please help get the word out to students about the Health Professions Fair
Health Professions Fair Monday, Feb. 6 10:00am-2:00pm Tivoli Turnhalle, Room 250
The Health Professions Advising Program at the University of Colorado Denver along with the Career Center is hosting a Health Professions Information Fair. Representatives from a variety of professional health schools will be here to meet with prospective students interested in health careers. Also participating are representatives from test prep services and volunteer organizations. This is a great opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with admissions folks—whether they are getting ready to apply to a health professional school or program, or just considering these types of programs.
Please RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HLXDMX5
For a list of programs attending visit the Career Center Website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/CareerCenter/events/Pages/HealthFair.aspx
Hartnett elected to NCA Research Board
Stephen John Hartnett, professor and chair of communication, has been elected to the Research Board of the National Communication Association (NCA). In this capacity, he will participate in the NCA’s annual Executive Committee & Board Retreat, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 26-27.
Lockley research on fossil tracks basis of naming parts of pre-historic Colorado a dino-freeway
Dinosaur Freeway Found in Colorado Discovery News, Jan. 5
Martin Lockley, professor of geology, co-authored a paper with Reiji Kukihara, to appear in the February issue of Cretaceous Research, on the Dinosaur Freeway that ran from Northeast Colorado to east central New Mexico 98 million years ago.
Mansour and Rees publish research collaboration on conflict and pregnancy
Study shows connection between birth weights and armed conflict Medicalxpress.com, Jan. 18
Hani Mansour (right), assistant professor of economics, and Daniel Rees (left), professor of economics, conducted research together that shows pregnant women exposed to armed conflict have a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies, a result that could change the way aid is delivered to developing countries.
Noel on Saving Places Conference and Fleming Mansion
Noel: Denver's drive to preserve Denver Post, Jan. 22
Dr. Colorado, Tom Noel, history professor, tells the story of one of Denver’s most recently preserved historical landmarks, Fleming Mansion, as well as supplying information on attending the upcoming Colorado Preservations Inc.'s Saving Places Conference, Feb 1-4.
Stefes opinion on green energy featured in U.S. News Debate Club
Green Energy Investments Pay Off in the Long Run U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 18
Christoph Stefes, associate professor of political science, calls for a fundamental transformation of U.S. energy systems and a comprehensive shift from centralized to decentralized energy production.
Lunar New Year
Friday, Jan. 27 6:30pm-9:00pm Tivoli Turnhalle
The Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the New Year. For many Asian families in the Far East and around the world, the Lunar New Year is a celebration of change. Called many things by many different cultures, Asian astrologists associate the event to the belief that everything and everyone is interconnected through energy flows. All of us are influenced by interactions of divine forces at the time of our birth. Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year by engaging with other cultures, learn more about their customs and bring in the New Year!
Anatomy of Hate: Hot Topics
Wednesday, Feb. 1 11:00am-12:15pm Tivoli Turnhalle
We will be screening the movie An Anatomy of Hate (http://theanatomyofhate.com/) and will have a special presentation by the film’s director and one of the subjects of the piece. Please join us for an intimate conversation providing a safe space to express your opinions and concerns. Beverages and pizza will be provided. Sponsored by Metro State Student Activities, CU Denver Student Life and CCD Student Life.
CU Denver Spirit Thursdays
Thursday, Feb. 2 11:00am-1:00pm North Classroom Atrium
Join us every Thursday throughout the semester for free food, prizes, and games in the North Classroom Atrium. Wear your CU Denver gear to the event to participate and get free food! Need a t-shirt to wear on Spirit Thursdays? No problem! Come by the Office of Student Life, Tivoli 303 to get one!
Lunch with Lawmakers
Tuesday, Feb. 7 12:30pm-1:30pm Tivoli 320’s
Join us for a 60-minute forum featuring a local lawmaker. Bring your tough questions and get real answers directly from the source. Lunch is provided. This event is sponsored by Metro State Student Activities, CU Denver Student Life and CCD Student Life.
Stop and Serve
Wednesday, Feb. 8 10:30am-3:00pm North Classroom Atrium
Stop & Serve is a once a month, on-campus service event. Stop & Serve has a two-fold purpose. First, is to provide an opportunity for students to fit volunteering into their busy schedules, while on-campus. Secondly, provide information about organizations that they can volunteer with and other ways to get involved in the community. We provide all the materials for 3-4 different service projects that students can stop and work on throughout the day, in addition to information about the organization and where the projects are going. We also invite nonprofits to have a table at the event to promote volunteer opportunities available to students.
Black History Month Celebration
Friday, Feb. 3 8:00am-4: 00pm Tivoli Turnhalle
Join us for exhibits, food, music, trivia games and inspirational speakers. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Black Staff and Faculty Affinity Group.
For more information contact Leslie Taylor at 303-556-5662.
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